Dr. Kristi Koenig, UC Irvine professor of clinical emergency medicine and director of public health preparedness, has been elected to the board of directors for World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine, an international group dedicated to public health preparedness around the world. WADEM, as it is called, is currently working with the World Health Organization to offer itself as the scientific advisory arm in assisting with the development of collaborative relationships between organizations working in disasters and emergencies. Koenig is recognized internationally for her expertise on disaster response and is playing a key role in public health preparedness around the globe.